The Denver saleroom of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers concluded its two-day Arts of the American West auction, November 5 and 6, to a full bid room with active bidding. Categories with the most interest from live and online bidders included southwestern jewelry, pueblo pottery and Thomas C. Molesworth furniture. The Western American paintings and bronzes offered from a Midwestern museum drew competitive phone bidding, especially for the The Roper by William Robinson Leigh , oil on canvas. Outperforming its presale estimate of $100,000 – 150,000, the Leigh sold for $281,000 to a private collector.
Also from the collection was Charles M. Russell’s watercolor Pointing Out the Trail, circa 1889, which sold for $125,000 and Frank Tenney Johnson’s Rocky Steeps, which sold for $27,500. Interest in the collection was driven by them being offered from an institutional collection with exhibition history and the iconic depictions of scenes typical of the artists represented.
Also in the sale was Thomas C. Molesworth furniture sold to benefit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming and brought over $50,000 for the Center. The top result from the collection was a dining room table with iron horseshoe decoration and four matching leather upholstered benches that sold for $15,000.
Over 100 lots from the private collection of Ruth and Robert Vogele, Burr Ridge, Illinois were offered within the American Indian Art session. The Vogele’s had developed personal relationships with some of the most respected pueblo pottery artisans. Highlights from the property sold include a Margaret Tafoya “Corn Blossom” blackware olla that sold for $6,000 against a $2,000 – 3,000 presale estimate and a LuAnn Tafoya incised blackware jar that sold for $5,750 against a $3,000 – 5,000 presale estimate.
Other notable results from private collections across the country included numerous Charles Loloma designs, such as a Hopi 14 karat yellow gold, turquoise, lapis and coral cuff bracelet that sold for $25,000 and a Hopi 14 karat yellow gold, lapis lazuli and turquoise tufa-cast cuff bracelet that sold for $23,750. Also a rare multi-colored stained glass window by Charles Loloma sold for $12,500.
Additional results can be viewed at lesliehindman.com. The department is currently accepting consignments for 2018 Arts of the American West auctions, including its Spring sale scheduled for April 21, 2018.